Global Commodity Lead – Loveland, CO






It is an exciting time at Lightning eMotors, a fast-growing company that designs and manufactures a wide portfolio of best-in-class zero emission medium and heavy-duty vehicles – from Class 3 cargo vans, passenger vans, and ambulances, to Class 4 shuttle buses and box trucks, to Class 6 work trucks, Class 7 city buses, and Class 8 motor coaches.   Our team designs, engineers, customizes, manufactures, and supports commercial electric vehicles to support this wide array of fleet customer needs, with a full suite of telematics, analytics, and charging solutions to simplify the buying and ownership experience and maximize uptime and energy efficiency.

We are seeking Global Commodity Leads for our Battery & Powertrain and our Structures/Chassis/Electronics/Thermal teams.  This is your opportunity to be an integral part of our outstanding team, working with like-minded professionals dedicated to making a difference in the world and transforming the automotive industry.

Why join Lightning?

2021 is a game-changing year for us as we have just gone public! This enables us to continue scaling our manufacturing and engineering capabilities and maintain our leadership in the commercial electric vehicle market.

With 10 years in R&D, Lightning is ahead of the game with our dominant market positioning, proprietary technology, and highly experienced management team.

We are headquartered in the heart of beautiful Northern Colorado!  Loveland is located just 45 minutes north of Denver/DIA; 40 minutes from Boulder; 35 minutes from Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park; and only 15 minutes from Fort Collins, the home of Colorado State University. Whether you are an art lover, outdoor enthusiast, foodie, wildlife admirer, big-city dreamer, or just want to get away, Loveland is the ideal location; and Lightning eMotors is grateful to be a part of this wonderful city.

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About the position:

The Global Commodity Lead is responsible for strategic sourcing of the assigned commodities. The GCL will be working closely with Engineering, Supplier Quality, Manufacturing and Logistics to evaluate and source suppliers as well as provide a Total Landed Cost projection for their commodities.


  • Work with existing suppliers to improve KPIs including cost, delivery and quality.
  • Identify and contact new suppliers who would be good partners for Lightning
  • Develop RFQ packages, coordinate supplier communication across engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics teams, assess quotations and select the best fit suppliers
  • Coordinate with the program management team to track progress and provide solutions to meet cost and timing goals
  • Develop sourcing plans to provide to the business a view of the market, key players and key considerations that will be taken into account during the sourcing process
  • Assess supplier capability and fit to Lightning’s goals and assess quotations
  • Perform quotation analysis to understand how the part will be manufactured, the cost drivers behind the specific design, and manufacturing process
  • Perform strategic analysis of current part design and potential future manufacturing technology that could bring about cost reductions and improve competitiveness
  • Perform an objective and subjective analysis of potential suppliers incorporating the feedback from engineering, quality, manufacturing and logistics
  • Present strategic sourcing decisions to upper management for buy off
  • Manage design changes, cost creep, program changes and prototype build events after sourcing.
  • Negotiate Terms & Conditions and Supply Agreements with suppliers
  • Prep the suppliers and parts for handover to Material Planning team

Skills/Knowledge and Experience:


  • 2 years or more in Procurement in the automotive, aerospace, train/rail, or appliance industries for Structures/Chassis/Electronics/Thermal team
  • 2 years or more in Procurement in the automotive industry for the Battery/Powertrain team
  • Demonstrated knowledge of electronics and electrical components is a plus
  • Experience negotiating Supply Contracts
  • Experienced in analyzing quotes, quote terms and cost breakdowns.
  • Technically minded with understanding of manufacturing technologies, cost drivers of those technologies, alternative technologies and future landscape.
  • Detail oriented and comfortable using various tracking tools to stay on top of tasks and manage time
  • Self-starter willing to contribute in multiple ways and help achieve the company goals
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bachelors Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, or other closely related field


$75,000 to $110,000 DOE

 Benefits offered:

Once hired, employees are offered generous benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance
  • Health Savings Account and Health Reimbursement Plan (if enrolled in medical plan)
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off (accrued)
  • Paid holidays
  • Short and Long-term disability
  • Life insurance
  • Employee assistance program